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The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep (Harvard Medical School Guides) Paperback – October 16, 2006
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From the Back Cover
Put your sleep problems to rest with this proven six-step plan
How many times have you heard it's important to get a good night's sleep? It sounds simple, but it isn't always easy. Now one of the nation's leading sleep experts gives you a step-by-step program for overcoming sleep problems from insomnia and snoring to restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
Dr. Lawrence Epstein of Harvard Medical School reveals his proven six-step plan to maximize your nights and energize your days. He explains the health benefits of sleep and identifies signs of sleep problems as he gives in-depth advice on how to:
- Turn your bedroom into the optimal sleep environment
- Finally overcome insomnia
- Silence buzz-saw snoring
- Relax restless legs
- Deal with daytime exhaustion
- Determine if sleep medication is right for you
- Improve your sleep by improving your child's sleep
About the Author
Lawrence Epstein, M.D., is the regional medical director for the Harvard-affiliated Sleep HealthCenters and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and was recently president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He lives in Boston.
Steven Mardon is a professional writer who specializes in health topics.
Top Customer Reviews
A central feature of the book is a 6 step plan for better sleep. This includes such things as a healthy lifestyle, maintaining good sleep habits, and watching for sleep sabateurs. He also has a long section on various sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea,and narcolepsy, and he does a good job of discussing each. In particular, he suggests treatments for each.
His discussion of sleep medications is more complete than those in most sleep books. He talks about most of the medications on the market, both over-the-counter and prescription, and he give his opinion of many of them. Like most sleep specialist, he does not strongly recommend sleeping pills, but points out the they do have their place. He also discusses herbs such as valerian and melatonin.
Overall the book contains a lot of useful information, and of course the author is a sleep specialist. It contains a more detailed discussion of the science behind sleep than "Good Night" by Michael Breus, and in general compares well with it. Although the two books cover many of the same topics, they compliment one another. One slight drawback is that it has no bibliography.
Barry Parker Ph.D. Author of "Feel Great Feel Alive."
On the other hand, this absurdly pathologizing book takes a totally medical model stance and goes into detail about the consequences of not sleeping well and how the body doesn't adapt to poor sleep, which just made me worry more. If a busy mind keeps you up at night, this book is not for you. It just gives general common sense advice about not having caffeine, keeping a silent and dark room to sleep in and blah blah. Any google search on what's needed for good sleep replaces the need for this book.
I would recommend this book, possibly, to people who have insomnia for other reasons than a busy, agitated mind on over-drive. Maybe it can help with other sleep issues like sleep apnea, which less people have. It's just super medical and focuses on how baleful not sleeping enough can be which accomplishes generating fear and more of the same worrying and rumination without providing an creative tools or remedies.
Dr. Epstein's book lays it on the line. It appears to be a remarkable summary of the research, making the case for sleep therapy of many kinds, but is especially strong on sleep apnea.
I really got the idea that the book was written on two levels. First, it is authoritative enough for MD reading. Second, it is clear enough for patients to read.
My mental struggle with the CPAP therapy has been going on for two years. After reading this book, the prospect of wearing the mask for the rest of my life doesn't seem onerous at all. Reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and car collisions.
There are many other important topics addressed as well. And its hard to imagine a better source.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Positives for this book include its comprehensiveness, detail, and critical assessments. For example mandibular devices to prevent relaxation of the jaw from closing off the air... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything here is information you can get on the internet, but it is a good read.Published 9 months ago by Nicolle Perry
Full of good information, albeit a bit dated. It's not dry or sleep-inducing, but it is full of helpful information a good sleeper like myself recognizes as true. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. Miller
As best as I remember it was OK but nothing that I haven't heard many times.Published 12 months ago by Good Dog
Was a good book. explains a lot about why you might not be getting as good of sleep as you should.Published 13 months ago by John A OBrien